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Not Accepted Here

We are quickly approaching that time again when those who are under 65 and receive income via a 1099 go shopping on the New York State Health Department website for health plans.

I am a big fan of affordable and available health care for everyone, but I am not a fan of the Obamacare plans as they are currently designed. There are many significant issues, but there’s one in particular that I thought it might be worth pointing out to all the new readers who recently moved out here from New York City, one limitation in particular of which they should be aware.

Stony Brook Southampton Hospital does not accept any of the New York State plans. This means that anyone living from Montauk to Riverhead must make the journey to Peconic Bay Medical Center for the closest location where emergency services are covered by the state plans. For those living in Montauk, that’s a 44-mile drive, taking one hour and 17 minutes in no traffic (I’d like to see that!).

The same holds true for any hospital services: outpatient procedures, in-patient surgical procedures, births, etc.

Tracey Dedrick

Southampton

Barbara Jo Howard, director of communications and marketing for Stony Brook Southampton Hospital, said the hospital “participates with the Medicaid and Essential plans through the Market Place and many of the New York State Exchange plans, such as Emblem, Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Healthfirst and United HealthCare, etc.” Providers and plans can be looked up by visiting pndslookup.health.ny.gov/ — Ed.

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